Oh Pepperdine, the Beautiful

“‘I started looking at buildings,” she says. ‘At one of my friend’s dorms, the fire burnt the grass behind it. You can see the line of black, that scorching, all along the side of the building—but the building didn’t burn. Nothing caught on fire.'”
Why Pepperdine stays put when wildfires rage, by Alissa Walker, Curbed LA, November 20, 2018

I’m going to stop thinking Pepperdine is ugly (even if it is).

Trigger warning: photo of R Reagan.

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Gat-ta-ca! Gat-Ta-Ca!! GAT-TA-CA!!!

“SOON TWO biotechnology firms will begin to offer couples undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) the chance to screen embryos before they are implanted in the mother’s womb. This kind of preimplantation genetic diagnosis has, for nearly 30 years, been widely used to test for chromosomal abnormalities or specific genetic disorders that affect only a single gene, such as cystic fibrosis. MyOme, based in Menlo Park, California, and launching in 2019, and Genomic Prediction, based in North Brunswick, New Jersey, have something more revolutionary in mind.”
A slippery slope towards designer babies?, The Economist, November 14, 2018

Next stop Gattaca. Sigh. I hope the Soylent Green intake process is painless.

Full disclosure: I liked both Gattaca and Soylent Green very much. Not take to desert island level, but enough to remember them fondly.

Oh, and while I have you… the Wapshott Press annual fundraiser officially starts on Giving Tuesday, November 27 this year because PayPal Giving Fund will add 1% to every donation. Here’s the webpage www.WapshottPress.org/2018-fundraiser for the perks, future plans, and the whole lovely story. Also, I’ve started a podcast called An Editor’s Work is Never Done (ooh, I have 2 followers already!) to help promote all things Wapshott Press, including this fundrasier. I haven’t officially launched it at Wapshott Press, but you, lucky Hackenblog readers, can hear my maiden voyage here at SoundCloud. Well, I guess I can embed the player


Oops, where’d y’go?

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Transplants cause gentrification

“Rents in Los Angeles are sky-high and they’ve risen astronomically in the past few years. That’s because loads of people want to live here and we’ve spent decades not building enough housing to keep up with demand. Newbies arrive in L.A. and move into whatever neighborhoods they can afford. Those ‘hoods become more desirable so rents go up, forcing people who have lived there for ages to move to cheaper, less “desirable” areas. Eventually, more newbies will movie into those areas, too, and the cycle of life, i.e. gentrification, will continue. The result is a housing crisis that’s been decades in the making. Supply, meet demand.”
Essay: The LA Grinch Billboards Are Savage And Spot-On, by Elina Shatkin, LAist, October 26, 2018

Ohhh, so it’s those newbies that cause gentrification. Well, that’s a relief it’s not those artists that cause gentrification anymore. Or insufficient rent control. Or greed. Or, oh, I don’t know… sunspots?

GaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!

LA used to be the one place in the world I knew I could always land and have a job and cheap rent within a week. How irritating that isn’t true anymore. And I still don’t know how to vote on Prop 10. Feh.

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Please VOTE very much on November 6, 2018

Last day for Californians to register to vote. Here’s the online and usa.gov information for our nation https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote. Yay!

I can’t tell you, Doonesbury doesn’t have to tell you…

Let Nike tell you: JUST DO IT.

Please vote for a better world on November 6, 2018.

Thank you.

This has been a Mayerson Service Announcement.

Also, Wapshott Press Fundraiser needs you, too. Please donate at www.WapshottPress.net, and thank you more than I can express.

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A Mayerson Service Announcement

Our favorite publisher, the Wapshott Press, is now an Amazon Charity. Yay! So if you could please choose Wapshott Press as your charity when you’re shopping at Amazon, it will help them to keep publishing awesome books and journals. Here’s the link to make Wapshott Press your charity, and you only have to register once.

Help the Wapshott Press publish books that should be published! The Wapshott Press is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Tax deductible donations can be made here: Wapshott Press Donations and thank you so much for your support! (PS. Paypal takes zero commissions from your donation to the Wapshott Press.)

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Wapshott Press news you can use

Our favorite publisher, the Wapshott Press, is now an Amazon Charity. Yay! So if you could please choose Wapshott Press as your charity when you’re shopping at Amazon, it will help them to keep publishing awesome books and journals. Here’s the link to make Wapshott Press your charity, and you only have to register once.

Help the Wapshott Press publish books that should be published! The Wapshott Press is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Tax deductible donations can be made here: Wapshott Press Donations and thank you so much for your support! (PS. Paypal takes zero commissions from your donation to the Wapshott Press.)

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More recent reading

“A People Betrayed. The role of the West in Rwanda’s genocide”
by LR Melvern

“In the After Math of Genocide. the U.S. Role in Rwanda”
by Robert E. Gribbin

“Burundi”
by René Lemarchand

“Eyewitness to a Genocide”
by Michael Barnett
‘Humanitarianism, too, can develop its own profanities. We live in an age where our moral expressions are almost always institutionalized and bureaucratized. Proliferating across the landscape are new international and non-governmental organizations whose very raison d’être is to assuage suffering wherever and however they can. This development should be celebrated. Yet the very institutions that represent progress, liberation, and caring contain the seeds of disappointment. This profanity has many roots. Humanitarian institutions can be run by decent and well-meaning individuals who become timid and fearful as a result both of the soul-breaking demands and of the knowledge that powerful benefactors want only a convenient façade of humanitarianism. The compact between humanitarianism and politics, the mixing of ethics and power, can deliver a pragmatism that bears little resemblance to the original intent. The very institutions that we develop to realize our highest humanitarian ends can generate ethical principles that are disconnected from those in whose name they act. The ethical practices of humanitarianism are not singular. They are transfigured as they explore new contexts and environments.’ pg 181

“Victory at Any Cost. The Genius of Viet Nam’s Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap”
by Cecil B. Currey

Thus concludes most of the Summer 2018 Mayerson Reading.

Oh, by the way, the Wapshott Press has recently become an Amazon Charity. Yes, Amazon makes you sign in, sorry. So, anyway, please remember us if you buy any of these books and when you’re holiday shopping. A little money goes a long way at the Wapshott Press.

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I been stuyding on that old devil SEO

Google is God. And I invented a new word that doesn’t seem to be found on Google.

Things the Google God’s spiders and bots like to eat could be called

BOTNIP or botnip or bot-nip (yes, you got it, like catnip or cat-nip)

Yes. Very much yes.

Thanks, Freddy Tran Nager and his Atomic Tango for getting me hipper to the SEO scene.

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Reading/read

“The Three Leaps of Wang Lun”
Alfred Döblin

“In Praise of Shadows”
Jun’ichiro Tanizaki

“Red Clocks”
Leni Zumas

Annual Review of Jazz Studies, No. 5; 1995
“Chromatic Third Relations in the Music of John Coltrane”
David Demsey

“The Man in the High Tower”
PK Dick

“GIAP The General who Defeated America in Vietnam”
James A Warren

“A Thousand Hills, Rwanda’s Rebirth and the Man who Dreamed it”
Stephen Kinzer

“The Shallow Graves of Rwanda”
Shaharyar M Khan

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Recent reading

Underground, by Haruki Murakami
Toyoko sarin gas attack

Algorithms of Oppression, by Safiya Umoja Noble
How search engines reinforce racism

Crash Override, by Zoe Quinn
Woman at the center of Gamergate

Be Fierce, by Gretchen Carlson
Stop harassment and take your power back
(full disclosure: this was free at a talk she gave)

Crosswind, v1, by Gail Simone and Cat Staggs
Suspensful GN

Zombie Ranch, by Dawn and Clint Wolf
A tale of a weird new west GN

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15 years of the Hackenblog?

Yay?

Here’s where we got our start: Hackenblog 1.0

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Nostalgia only feels good

“A few of the essays in “Shake It Up” are advanced-pop criticism (e.g., the literary critic Richard Poirier on “Learning from the Beatles,” in Partisan Review), but most are journalism, and the journalism beats the advanced-pop stuff cold. Partly this is because it was written for fans, so the writers could ignore the English department and other highbrow police. Partly it’s because pop-music journalism arose out of the intersection of early rock-and-roll magazines like Rolling Stone and Crawdaddy, when they still had an alternative-press aura, and the New Journalism, with its promiscuous use of the first person, and that gave it a confessional tone and a voice that suggested that we’re all on the same side in the struggle, whatever struggle it is.”
Can Poetry Change your Life?, by Louis Menand, New Yorker, July 31, 2017

Aaaah, rock-n-roll journalism… how I miss it. Even the last of it, puny as it was, in Maximum Rocknroll and Punk Planet when I still read them.

“…and the journalism beats the advanced-pop stuff cold.” And this is what irritates me, often drives me nuts, about the humanities. For the love of God, eggheads, find something with soul to write about or shut the fuck up. And, yeah, I know very well you academics have to keep food on the table, but fuck you. Fuck you blue, in fact. Feh.

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I reads the internets

“Another consideration is the current information system, if one can even use the phrase. For much of the base, the sources of information are Fox News, talk radio and other practitioners of alternative facts. Exposures of Trump’s misdeeds and absurdities that arouse liberal opinion are easily interpreted as attacks by the corrupt elite on the defender of the little man, in fact his cynical enemy.”
Noam Chomsky: On Trump and the State of the Union, interview by George Yancy, NYTimes, July 5, 2017

“It shouldn’t be a surprise that a post-literate conservative world should have been so quick to embrace a semi-literate presidential candidate. Nor, in hindsight, is it strange that, having retired the role Buckley once played in maintaining conservative ideological hygiene, the ideas he expunged should have made such a quick and pestilential comeback.”
Conservatives Go Third ‘I’ Blind, by Bret Stephens, NYTimes, July 6, 2017

“So much for the passing scene. We need, in searching for consolation, to remind ourselves that the missionary is not automatically to be dismissed as a demagogue, practicing or inchoate. The apparent demagogue is, of course, a candidate for the respect owing to a prophet. John Brown was hanged. If he had lived and fought a hundred years later, there’d have been a national holiday named after him.”

“On the other hand, a sovereign democratic responsibility is to measure the claims of a candidate by empirical standards: Is he right for the United States? Now? And if he is right, is he the person to incarnate that mission? John Brown was wrong even as Martin Luther King Jr. was right, and a study of the two, and of their two movements in history, illustrates what we need to know about demagoguery and prophecy.”
Insights: Politics—The Demagogues Are Running, by Wm F. Buckley, Jr., Cigar Aficionado, Mar/Ap 2000

I never thought I’d miss WFB, Jr., but I do.

Ah, post-literacy. Just watch the pictures; caption reading is optional. We’re so doomed. Yeah, I know I wrote that in 2004, too, and I really hope I’m still wrong.

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Great trepidation

Testing the crosspost with the new blog header (Dru! from Pibgorn).

Last time I did this it posted over 1K times to the Hackenblog. Does it again, no more crossposting from here, alas.

In which case you will never see this again:

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Source:: Comics Agonistes

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He’s not worth it

Okay, very quickly, Esme (long hair, sexy dress) the cruise ship singer has been vamping Katie’s husband Derek. Katie is the other soaked woman. As you might have already surmised, they got into a cat fight a few panels ago and Esme fell overboard. Clinging for her life to the rail, Katie took a beat, and then pulled her back in. Esme is doing the only decent thing in promising to veer off Derek, but I think they’ve both realized in this almost fatal encounter of physical death for Esme and spiritual death for Katie that freaking Derek isn’t worth …read more

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Wonder Woman

So I saw Wonder Woman, and was crying during a lot of it, and get choked up thinking about it still. Yes, even my old, leathery heart was touched to the point of tears, but I didn’t know why until I read these three reviews, I highly recommend you read, the next day:

“Wonder Woman …. I don’t know if she’s the hero we deserve, but she’s sure as hell the one we need.”
http://bit.ly/2thgBTY

“Whatever leash they put on Snyder for the fight sequences in Wonder Woman ought to be attached to him for the rest of his career.”
http://bit.ly/2rtitHL

“More than any other moment of the movie, for me this scene was emblematic of what so many women have faced in one form or another: stepping into the ‘no man’s land’ of war, violence, abuse, discrimination, and oppression in order to ‘fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.'”
http://bit.ly/2rtGjTP

The image of Diana behind her shield fending off machine gun fire will never leave me. I will see it every time I need courage to face down anything. I was also very touched and impressed by the men backing her up. I’m sure Diana would have worked it out without the grenade Steve Trevor threw into the machine gun nest, but it was still great.

Thank you, DC. I’m not sure what you’ve started, and even if Zach Snyder screws it up later, it’s still started, and thank you for starting it. Fourth Wave Feminism anyone?

And all you nitpicking fanboys… it’s okay you don’t get it, really it is.

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White House Adrift


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Villa


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The last of the tragic failed Nori Paste experiments. Alas, the search for an alternative to Best-Test paper cement continues.
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View


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Tiger Ships


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Structure


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Serenade


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Glorious! Glorious! Collage show opening night!

Well, at least I thought so.

Ave 50 Opening night April 8, and my 1st Sunday making collages and replacing the ones that sold. (I went to Ikea Town in Burbank for frames; it’s quite a place Ikea Town. Everyone should see it!)

I will indeed be in the gallery from 1-4 every Sunday in April unless something changes. 131 N Ave 50, Los Angeles. Check here for updates.

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Installing my collage show at Ave 50 on April 6

I will indeed be in the gallery from 1-4 every Sunday in April unless something changes. Check here for updates.

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Collage Show at Ave 50 April 8 through May 6, 2017

Yes, Ginger Mayerson Collage at Avenue 50 Studio!
Opening night party: 7-10pm Saturday, April 8, 2017
Show dates: April 8 to May 6, 2017
Avenue 50 Studio (www.avenue50studio.org)
131 N. Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA 90042 (323) 258-1435
Parking behind the building is limited so please Uber/Lyft or public transportation, if possible.
Google map: www.goo.gl/maps/J1SsKELq6tS2
Gallery hours: Tue-Thurs 10-4 pm; Sat-Sun 10-4 pm
And I think I’ll be at the gallery every Sunday making collages from 1 to 4pm. Check here for updates.

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Sailing Sailing


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Penguin Arches


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Another failed Nori Paste experiment in the quest for a Best-Test paper cement alternative.

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Red Dress and Baby Jesus


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Another failed Nori Paste experiment in the quest for a Best-Test paper cement alternative.

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Parrot Pal


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Monkey View


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